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Waterfall along the Snovegen

Waterfall along the Snovegen
Photo Information
Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-23
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM, B+W 77mm CIRC. POLARIZER MRC
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/20 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2008: Norway
Theme(s): Waterfalls, 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-27 11:02
Viewed: 5237
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From our campground in Steinklepp, we decided to drive the old route from Leardal to Aurdal, which is better known as Snovegen (Snow road) A few years ago the much anticipated Leardalstunnelen (24,5KM, the longest tunnel in the world) opened for a faster road connection between Oslo and Bergen. The old winding mountain road is 48KM long and its highest point is 1306 meters.

Somewhere along the road we stopped at this lake with in the distance this beautiful waterfall. I've got no idea about the name of the lake, the falls or the mountains nearby. I think something you just have to leave it that way.
The heavy overcast didn't help me much with the composition. There was no way to exclude it from the photo. Being it as a reflection or directly in the frame. On the other hand it did help me to get a even exposed landscape with no hard shadows.

Oops, forgot to do a lens correction/rotation to the photo.

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  • cris Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 3 N: 31] (789)
  • [2008-08-27 11:56]

Hello Niek
Very big mirror, natural colours + good composition = nice pic'
TFS & all the best....

Hello Niek,
This is paradise for any photographer and sure would not miss the chances of the world to have this captured in the best manner! and you did it!
the pov is superb with the depth here with the well controlled exposure and focus to achieve this total sharpness, good colour and details in the whole composition! especially the reflection of the falls!
many thanks for this wonderful sharing
take good care and sincere regards from NZ

Hallo Niek,

mooie compositie met een mooi laag standpunt.
Jammer dat de lucht niet zo mooi is maar de weerspiegrlingen in het water zijn wel weer heel mooi!


Hi Niek ,
Nice scenery with great compo.
lolely place.
Light is excellent too.
Well captured

Kind regards

Mighty sharp lens...the underwater shows well...and you have down well the curves blending one into another. My mind wonders seeing grass and snow..with no notion or looking...I feel it is cool...

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-27 13:44]

Hi Niek

Just a quick one now...trying to catch up after my trip last week :) Plus, even though i won't get to comment on all your photos, i will take speial time to look and read all about your Norway trip :)

This is a simply superb composition, with 3 main elements as the way i see it: that gorgeous waterfall (placed lovely in the frame), the great reflection of the entire BG and the lovely FG elements and the rocks that are visible through the water.
Very well exposed and beautifully framed!

Bravo and TFS

This is really nice Niek! I love the curve of green grasses leading around to the waterfall. The rocks in the foreground water are super, as they are all along the edge of the lake.. It is a lovely waterfall. Nice work.... again.

Evelynn ; )

Hi Niek!

You got the exposure very good here, the composition is wonderful and again I love the place on a height that shows some snowy parts but also some unfrozen lake! Must have been a very nice trip to Norway. TFS!

Best regards,

Hello Niek
Wow! Breathless picture!Reading Horia critique I understood that in this way could be a picture perfect!
All the best

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-08-28 0:47]

Hi niek. Really good composition with some nice symmetry. Excellent sharpness and details. Its a shame there isnt a little colour in the sky, but that is out of our control!



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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-28 4:03]

Hello niek Very well presented with so beautiful colors and lighting. superb picture and quality post card shot Ganesh

Very beautiful shot, lovely composition and pov. the colours and sharpness are great to. The subject is very beautiful, but no doubt cold. TFS.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-28 5:01]

Hello Niek,
How beautiful this place it. You made here a superb landcape picture .
The water in the front just looks real! Excellent composition. Bravo
Best regsards

This looks beautiful Niek.
The exposure is very good indeed,especially considering the difficult conditions.
The rock looks to me like limestone.
Is this an area with caves in it ?
24.5kms is a really long road tunnel!
Thanks for this.

Hello Niek!
Waterfalls are not very often shown in TN gallery and I always like to see them. For the first view they are all "similar" - there is "only" falling water... But of course this is not true! :)
You picture has interesting, almost panoramic perspective and the waterfall is only a part of bigger composition. It allow to see a size of it. Very nice sharpness, colours and DOF.
TFS and have a nice weekend!

PS. By the way, if you like waterfalls please see here, just for fun, not for points :>

Hi Niek!

Although the atmosphere is quite dark and somehow sad, I like it very much, probably for the melancholic aspect and the quiteness it respires. The overcast sky is, from my point of view, not a disturbing element and highlights the overall atmosphere.

Kind regards


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-29 4:15]

Hi Niek,
a very well chosen POV with great natural colours. Perhaps getting a bit closer may have given the waterfall more impact as i think it's slightly lost in the wide angle...or are you going to suprise us with another shot from here i wonder?! The washed out sky is a pity, but you can only work with what you get given! ([email protected] i know it!)
well done and thanks for sharing,

Hello Niek. Your series of tall frame posts with wide angle making me want to try. I made one today but rather hesitate to post. This is so calm and tranquil image. At f13, the depth of field is brilliant. The details in the foreground is amazing with perfect camera tilt capturing the fall. Well done and thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend ahead and best regards. Jusni

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-31 0:47]

Hello Niek,
Wonderful shot of the lake and waterfall - and in summer to see the snow - it can't have been too warm...
I like how we can see the pebbles in the water - very good focus too,
Well shot

Hallo Niek,
Je hebt heel mooie groothoeken gemaakt in Noorwegen.
Dit is weer zo'n heel mooi en rustig plaatje. Ik heb geen flauw benul maar ik denk echt wel dat het moeite gekost heeft om deze plekken op te zoeken. IK hier zo'n beetje de illusie dat ze maar voor het oprapen waren. Ik denk niet dat dit strookt met de realiteit.
Opniew heel goed werk.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-10-28 12:08]

Hi Niek

This does make me want to go back to Norway. I went before I had an interest in photography and I would love to photograph a waterfall (we have no swift water in Sussex or the neighbouring counties). You composed this beautifully and the use of the circular polarizer really allowed us to see the details under the water. It makes a wonderful image, all cold and remote



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